NELA Skater Community Rallies Behind Jeff De Rosas

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by Bryan Santamaria

   Jeff De Rosas is a local young man of Highland Park who is most happy when he's out skating. Unfortunately, we will not have the luxury to see Jeff skate with us anytime soon. Jeff suffered an injury to the head a couple of months back. His injury resulted from a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting. Jeff received the injury while attending a house party in Highland Park.

   According to several witnesses at the party who remain anonymous, Jeff and his friends were inside the house when someone in a passing vehicle fired the shots. As one witnesses recalls, "Once the commotion cleared, they noticed Jeff." He was merely an innocent bystander who only wanted be out around friends. Yet he lay down shot that night for reasons he could not control.

   In solidarity with our friend, Jeff, the skate community has come together to pay respect for the battle he is taking on. In need of brain surgery, he does not have to fight alone. His fight is our fight, and standing alongside the De Rosas family we can overcome the hatred and violence in our communities. By supporting the cause, we can help to heal and build towards a better future, where innocent people like the De Rosas can live happy.

   On Saturday, April 30 from 2pm to 6pm, the skater community and our wonderful vendors and supporters with gather once again at Garvanza Park. There will be music, a skateboarding contest, prizes, raffles and much more. Just like we did it for Carlos “Ekeh” Arellano in September 2014. Together, we will overcome the hatred and violence and gather in peace and loving support of our community. All proceeds will be donated to the De Rosas Family.

A Fundly page has been set up for Jeff De Rosas.


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